January 22, 2014 |
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
January 21, 2014 |
Dodger Stadium will become a hockey rink on Saturday when the Ducks and the Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game -- one of six outdoor league games to be played this season. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Outdoor hockey in L.A. -- it's a first. And on a day when the high may reach upward of 80 degrees. "I don't think anyone ever thought it'd be possible to do here ," Ducks center Saku Koivu told the Los Angeles Times. "It's going to be a great experience. " Unless the ice cube melts. Those making the magic happen, however, expect the ice to stay nice and frosty.
January 21, 2014 |
High prices and worries about poor sightlines have discouraged some Kings and Ducks fans, but anticipated anomalies, such as eating Dodger Dogs at a hockey game, have inspired more than 47,000 people to buy tickets to Saturday's first-ever hockey game at Dodger Stadium. The game, one of four upcoming outdoor hockey games, is expected to spotlight hockey and the upcoming Winter Olympics at a time when the nation's attention is still on football. "A Kings-Ducks game in the middle of the season, the ratings in L.A. will be tremendous," said Kings President Luc Robitaille.
January 20, 2014 |
They missed the Polar Vortex over the weekend in Chicago and St. Louis, but the Ducks looked at the weather forecast upon arriving home and saw possible trouble - an expected high of 79 degrees in Los Angeles on Saturday. That night at 6:30, the Ducks and Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. "Kind of thought about it. … I don't know what they're going to do if it stays this warm out. It's going to be something different," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said Monday after the Ducks practiced for Tuesday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets.
January 19, 2014 |
For the first time since the 2009 season, two No. 1 seeds are meeting in the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both won two home games to punch their ticket to New York, just as the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints did four years ago. This guarantees that a top seed will hoist the Lombardi Trophy for just the third time since NFL realignment in 2002. The Broncos and Seahawks used to be AFC West rivals, but they have faced each other only three times since Seattle switched conferences.
January 18, 2014 |
Chad Reed held off another two-time champion, James Stewart, to win the supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. With the victory in the 20-lap main event of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, Reed joined Stewart and the legendary Jeremy McGrath for the most career wins in Anaheim with eight. The 31-year-old Reed now has 42 career wins overall. "I got 41 of these [previous victories] and they all came a lot easier than this one," Reed said. "I'm just proud.
January 13, 2014 |
This Dodger Stadium gathering on a winter day -- well, winter in name only -- was, among other things, to witness the arrival of the “ice truck,” officially kicking off the building of the rink for the Kings-Ducks game Jan. 25. Beyond, and above that, it marked a very public return of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to the NHL fold. Gretzky talked about the day in larger terms, not personal ones. “It's a wonderful day, a great day for the sport,” Gretzky said Monday. “It's a great day for the Kings and the Ducks organizations.
January 12, 2014 |
If Wayne Gretzky hadn't been traded to the Kings in 1988, hockey in Southern California would still be the pursuit of a passionate few. The Ducks wouldn't exist if not for the enthusiasm generated by Gretzky's unprecedented scoring feats and knack for glamorizing a sometimes brutal sport. Kids here probably wouldn't have imagined giving up soccer or baseball for hockey. Those kids wouldn't now be hotly recruited by Canadian junior leagues, American colleges and elite development programs, and they wouldn't be reaching the NHL in growing numbers.
January 8, 2014 |
Sadly, there won't be an appearance by the Beach Boys at the upcoming Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium. Now that would have been a master stroke in keeping with the SoCal theme. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter thought Neil Young would have been an especially inspired choice. Then again, Young is a San Jose Sharks season-ticket holder. Sutter, in fact, met him briefly back in the day when he coached the Sharks. But the musical program for the Jan. 25 game was rounded out Wednesday when organizers announced that KISS will be joined by Jordin Sparks and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting as featured performers, along with the USC Trojan Marching Band.
January 7, 2014 |
There is more tweaking than major renovation scheduled to take place at Dodger Stadium this off-season, not that the 52-year-old ballpark won't undergo some noticeable changes. The most significant upgrade, however, will go unseen by the fans. After spending more than $100 million on stadium improvements last season that included a new Dodgers clubhouse, this season the visitors' clubhouse gets a makeover. The Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse was the smallest in the majors, but now visiting teams will have a new clubhouse behind the dugout that will be adjacent to the batting tunnel and training areas built last season.